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Should I Change My Diet During Pregnancy?

Good nutrition before you’re pregnant will mean a healthier you and baby. If you’re already eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet now few, if any, changes will be necessary during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, also referred to as the ACOG, recommends that pregnant women increase their prepregnancy servings of the four basic food groups to include the following:

  • At least four servings of fruits and vegetables. This is important for making sure you consume enough vitamins and minerals through food, in addition to any prenatal vitamins your doctor has suggested during your pregnancy.
  • At least four servings of whole-grain or enriched bread and cereal to ensure you have enough energy during your pregnancy.
  • At least four or more serving of milk and dairy products (not including butter, ghee or margarine) for the calcium you need during pregnancy.
  • You’ll also need to consume at least three servings of meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, dried beans, legumes or peas to ensure an adequate level of protein in your diet.
  • A well-balanced diet during pregnant helps ensure that both you and your baby are healthy.
  • The only necessary recommended daily allowance or RDA that is difficult to achieve through diet is iron. In most cases, your physician will prescribe an iron supplement during pregnancy. Also, be sure to follow any additional diet or vitamin supplementations recommendations that your personal physician recommends during your pregnancy.